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Bottle

A work made of terracotta and pigment.

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  • A work made of terracotta and pigment.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Ngbandi
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

The Uele River lies north of the Congo River and intersects with it by way of the Ubangi. Here dense forest gradually gives way to more open savanna, granting farmers access to rich resources for making ironwork and pottery, which they have exploited since at least 2300 B.C.

The homeland of the Yacoma people lies near the confluence of the Uele and Ubangi rivers, and they have taken advantage of this locale by actively engaging in river trade, which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and included fine pottery. The artistry of this bottle lies in its well-honed angles, each accentuated by textured embellishment. These sharp shifts seem to defy the medium of clay, which more naturally accommodates gentle transitions and rounded forms. Complementing its crisp shape, the highly burnished surface stands in high contrast to the red and white pigments that were rubbed into its stippled bands and triangles. Yacoma potters have explored variations on this theme, as other published examples readily demonstrate.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ngbandi

Title

Bottle

Place

Democratic Republic of the Congo (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1901–1975

Medium

Terracotta and pigment

Dimensions

27.9 × 20.3 cm (11 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2004.743

Extended information about this artwork

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